On August 27, the first group of Burundian refugees repatriating from neighbouring Rwanda began their return journey home.
The United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) has repeated its stance that all refugees returning to Burundi must do voluntarily, without any pressure from the governments of Tanzania and Burundi.
Almost 600 Burundian refugees have returned to the country from neighbouring Tanzania as part of a major repatriation campaign.
The United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) says 37,000 Burundian refugees have returned to the country from Tanzania since January – bringing the total to 48,930 since September 2017.
A number of Burundi refugees who spoke to US publication VOA say they fear returning to their home country.
Tanzania’s government is urging the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) to repatriate more than 8,000 Burundi refugees.
Burundi President Pierre Nkuruniza is calling on people who fled the country during political unrest since 2015 to return home.